Q&A with Emmett Skilton

emmett-skiltonEmmett Skilton is the lead actor on TV3’s The Almighty Johnsons and plays Axl who is also the living incarnation of the Norse god Odin.

What does your job entail?
Pretending to be a different person in a world other than my own.

What are your three favourite TV shows right now?
Breaking Bad
Jono and Ben at 10
And The Almighty Johnsons. Season three is completely the show we all wanted to make from the beginning and I’m very proud of it.

What is the best part of working in the TV industry?
Having the opportunity be part of stories that may not get told otherwise.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a child?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not only were they Turtles that new Karate (could they get any more awesome?), but also I’m one of 4 brothers so we each had our own Ninja Turtle every time we played pretend. I was Raphael!

What do you think are the biggest challenges in TV over the next three years?
For New Zealand I think ensuring we support locally written drama and comedy. It’s so easy to fund and watch a reality TV show but we mustn’t forget the unique style and stories only New Zealanders can tell.

What was your first ever job in television?
A television ad for all the great features of my local shopping mall, hooked up by my best friends mum. I was playing on a racing car game at an arcade and turned to the camera and said “Excitement!”

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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